Characterization and identification of lipid-producing microalgae species isolated from a freshwater lake

Reda A I Abou-Shanab, Ibrahim A. Matter, Su Nam Kim, You Kwan Oh, Jaeyoung Choi, Byong Hun Jeon

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Microalgal lipids are the oils of the future for sustainable biodiesel production. One of the most important decisions in obtaining oil from microalgae is the choice of species. A total of 45 algal cultures were isolated from a freshwater lake at Wonju, South Korea. Five microalgal isolates were selected based on their morphology and ease of cultivation under our test conditions. These cultures were identified as strains of Scenedesmus obliquus YSL02, Chlamydomonas pitschmannii YSL03, Chlorella vulgaris YSL04, S. obliquus YSL05, and Chlamydomonas mexicana YSL07 based on microscopic examination and LSU rDNA (D1-D2) sequence analysis. S. obliquus YSL02 reached a higher biomass concentration (1.84 ± 0.30 g L-1) with a lower lipid content (29% w/w), than did Chla. pitschmannii YSL03 (maximum biomass concentration of 1.04 ± 0.09 with a 51% lipid content). Our results suggest that Chla. pitschmannii YSL03 is appropriate for producing biodiesel based on its high lipid content and oleic acid proportion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3079-3085
Number of pages7
JournalBiomass and Bioenergy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Students’ Association of the Graduate School of Yonsei University and was funded by the Graduate School of Yonsei University , and Yonsei University research fund of 2009, 21st Frontier research project (Sustainable Water Resources Research Center 3-4-3), Global Research Laboratory project ( Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources NP2008-019 ) and the Brain Korea-21 (BK-21) program of the Ministry of Education, Korea .


  • Biodiesel
  • Freshwater
  • Isolation
  • LSU rDNA (D1-D2)
  • Microalgae


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